Water kefir is made with water, sugar and kefir grains. The process needed to make water kefir is fermentation. Due to fermentation, kefir is lightly carbonated, acidic and contains a very low alcohol percentage.
Main ingredients for the water kefir are kefir grains and water. Similar to milk kefir, the grains are a live culture needed for fermentation. They are transcluent and crystal-like in appearance. With every fermentation the grains are growing. Sooner or later you have an abundance of grains that you can share with others.
Kefir contains bacteria strains
Kefir grains and kefir contain combination of bacteria and yeasts. In comparison to milk kefir, water kefir contains less bacteria strains than milk kefir. Nevertheless, it’s still rich in beneficial bacteria and considered a great probiotic drink.
A list of bacteria found in kefir grains and kefir listed below is informational. Since we do not test every batch of kefir and grains, they can differ in composition. This list is sourced from Sequence-based analysis of the microbial composition of water kefir from multiple sources published in FEMS Microbiology Letters.
|Lactic acid bacteria||Acetic acid bacteria||Fungals||Yeasts|
L. hordeispecies Leuconostoc
S. cerevisiaespecies Hanseniaspora
H. vineaespecies Zygosaccharomyces
Z. lentusspecies Meyerozyma
How to make water kefir?
- 30 g active water kefir grains (many people share them, or you can get dehydrated kefir grains here)
- 0,6 l water (non-chlorinated)
- 40 g quality sugar
- fruit to taste
First of all put water kefir grains into the glass jar. Add water and sugar then stir. When ingredients dissolve, you can add fruit to the glass. Leave the lid slightly open to allow airflow. Traditionally, people use figs or lemons to ferment kefir. You can also add other dry or fresh fruits. After 1-2 days when kefir is ready you can squeeze fresh juice into the kefir to add some taste.
It’s also possible to prepare kefir with juice instead of water. In this case you don’t have to add sugar separately, since juice already has it. You can also use coconut water to ferment kefir.
In conclusion, water kefir is a refreshing beverage that can be consumed as it is or used as an ingredient in probiotic cocktails. So, experiment with ingredients and tastes!
Get Water Kefir grains here.